FASHION’S FAVORED FEW: Christopher Bailey and Natalie Massenet are the latest fashion figures to receive a nod from Britain’s Queen Elizabeth. On Saturday, Massenet, the founder of Net-a-porter.com, and Bailey, creative director of Burberry, were both named MBEs, or Members of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, as part of the Queen’s birthday honors list. Both were awarded the honors for services to the fashion industry. Meanwhile Professor Frances Corner, head of the London College of Fashion, was made an OBE, or Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, also for services to the fashion industry, while her colleague at the London College of Fashion, Professor Helen Storey, was made an MBE for services to art. In the publishing world, Nicholas Coleridge, managing director of Condé Nast U.K., was made a CBE, or Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, for services to the magazine publishing industry. Interior designer David Mlinaric was made a CBE for services to interior design and to heritage. And as part of the Queen’s diplomatic service and overseas list, Vidal Sassoon was made a CBE for services to the British hairdressing industry, while actor and social fixture Alan Cumming was made an OBE for services to film, theater and the arts, and to activism for equal rights for the gay and lesbian community.
DRESSING FOR THE TWILIGHT HOUR: Now that the first movie in the “Twilight” franchise has grossed more than $382 million at the box office worldwide, the young cast members have upgraded both their wardrobes and wheels. In the second installation, “The Twilight Saga: New Moon,” which recently finished filming in Montepulciano, Italy, Ashley Greene will sport a gray ombré jacket by Michael Kors and zip around in a yellow Porsche as the vixenish vampire Alice. “We had a lot more [money and time] to work with,” the starlet said at Thursday’s party feting the opening of Rock & Republic’s new store in Los Angeles, where she was joined by Natasha Henstridge. Despite her penchant for Rock & Republic — four pairs of jeans and a couple of dresses, for starters — Greene couldn’t slip any into her “Twilight” look, which leaned more toward Audrey Hepburn, albeit a “pretty bad ass” one, she added.
RONNIE WOOD TAKES LIBERTY: Another unexpected celebrity has thrown their hat into the fashion ring. This time, Rolling Stone turned fine artist Ronnie Wood is collaborating with Liberty of London to create a collection of clothing and accessories called Ronnie Wood for Liberty of London. The collection, which will launch for fall, includes accessories such as travel holdalls and clutches through to jersey dresses for women and cotton T-shirts for men, all of which will feature images taken from Wood’s paintings, reworked into prints by Liberty of London’s creative director Tamara Salman. Some of the men’s T-shirts will also be printed with choice quotations from Wood’s career, written in a graffiti font. “I wanted to work with Liberty of London because of the great tradition that Liberty has of artistic collaborations,” said Wood, referring to the store’s historic partnerships with artists such as William Morris, Archibald Knox and Bernard Nevill. Wood’s line will hit Liberty’s flagship store on London’s Regent Street in October, and retail prices will range from 175 pounds, or $288, for a T-shirt through to 2,000 pounds, or $3,300, for a hand painted leather holdall. The collection will also be sold at wholesale from this week onwards.
WU IN LONE STAR STATE: Bad weather delayed but couldn’t stop Jason Wu. Violent thunderstorms that canceled flights and knocked out power to a half-million customers forced the designer to miss his own party at Nordstrom in Dallas on Thursday night. But he finally made it on Friday. “We are trying to build relationships with the stores that have been with us since the beginning,” Wu said at Nordstrom in the NorthPark Center mall. “It’s about these one-on-one encounters to make it extra special [for the consumer] and going the extra mile.” His collection is carried in five Nordstrom stores, and the designer’s fame for designing First Lady Michelle Obama’s inaugural gown has given him a big boost, said Margaret Hinojosa de Garza, Nordstrom’s designer buyer. Wu created six exclusive pre-fall pieces each for five key accounts — Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, Saks Fifth Avenue and Jeffrey — and he plans to do that for additional accounts for spring. “This economy has forced us to reevaluate what we consider to be luxury, and that’s about not seeing the same thing everywhere,” he said.
MODEL CROWD: Times Square isn’t usually a model hot spot but Wednesday night, a crowd of them descended upon the AMC Empire 25 theater at 42nd and Eighth for the official premiere of “The Last International Playboy,” a New York-centric independent film starring Jason Behr and featuring Lydia Hearst. “This is hopefully just the beginning,” Hearst said. “I’m a model, but you can expect a lot more from me soon.” She sports a red coiffure in one scene and hinted that she would be dyeing her signature blonde hair jet black for an upcoming project. “I can’t talk about that one yet, though,” she teased. Co-host of Bravo’s “Make Me a Supermodel,” Nicole Trunfio has a racy cameo in the film and was in attendance, as was model Lily Donaldson. At the after party, held at Hudson Terrace on Manhattan’s far west side, Behr was on hand with his co-star India Ennenga. “It was great to work on an independent film like this,” said Behr, best known for his role as Max Evans on television’s “Roswell.”
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